Wellington - New
Zealand unearthed a new sevens prodigy in Reiko Ioane as they
convincingly beat England 27-21 in the final of the Wellington round of
the HSBC World Sevens series on Saturday.
It was the eighth time New
Zealand have won their home tournament, and the final score flattered
England who scored two late tries when the game was well beyond their
The win lifted New Zealand to 69 points after four rounds,
seven points behind series leaders South Africa who beat Scotland 40-7
in a play-off for third.
The final was all New Zealand with
powerful 17-year-old Ioane scoring two tries to emerge as the star of
the tournament with his extreme pace and ability to beat tacklers.
Ioane finished the weekend with six tries, one behind the tournament top try scorer Damien Hoyland of Scotland.
the final New Zealand, playing without injured captain DJ Forbes, raced
to a 10-0 lead with early tries by Dylan Collier and Gillies Kaka. A
converted Marcus Watson try narrowed the gap when England had a one-man
advantage with Joe Webber in the sin-bin.
When numbers were
restored, Ioane's first try pushed New Zealand out to 15-7 just on
half-time. Further tries by Ioane and Scott Curry extended the lead out
to 27-7 before late consolation tries to England by Tom Mitchell and
New Zealand were not fully tested in the run up to the
finals after going through pool play unbeaten on the first day and then
beating Australia and South Africa in the quarter and semi finals.
England, however, were beaten by New Zealand in pool play and had a tough run to the finals.
the quarter-finals it took four minutes of extra time before Christian
Lewis-Pratt scored their winning try after the scores were tied 21-21 at
the end of regulation play.
In the semi-finals they came from
19-0 down against Scotland to win 24-19 with the winning try again
coming after the final hooter.
Fiji beat Australia 24-0 in the plate final and are third in the overall standings on 64 points.Completed results from the Wellington round of the IRB Sevens World Series on Saturday:
New Zealand 27 England 21
South Africa 40 Scotland 7
Fiji 24 Australia 0
France 29 Argentina 5
Canada 26 Samoa 10
England 24 Scotland 19
New Zealand 17 South Africa 7
Fiji 12 USA 10
Australia 21 Kenya 5
France 43 Wales 0
Argentina 47 Portugal 5
Samoa 47 Papua New Guinea 5
Canada 28 Japan 21
Scotland 19 USA 15
England 26 Fiji 21
South Africa 19 Kenya 5
New Zealand 26 Australia 7
France 26 Samoa 19
Wales 41 Papua New Guinea 0
Argentina 38 Japan 5
Portugal 26 Canada 0
after four of nine rounds:
South Africa 76
New Zealand 69